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Ethanol Plants Becoming More Efficient

Ethanol Plants Becoming More Efficient

An economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture says ethanol plants are becoming more efficient. Last month, the agency increased its forecast of corn needed for ethanol by 50-million bushels, but a more recent forecast reduced it by 50-million. The USDA’s Acting Chief Economist, Rob Johansson, says this is a case of less means more.

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Greater Delaware County Community Foundation Unveils New Logo

The Greater Delaware County Community Foundation has unveiled its new logo. The logo was designed by the West Delaware Graphics Design class, led by art and design instructor Jolene Pitzenberger-Timp. The students spent time researching what makes a good logo and proposed twenty drafts. The Greater Delaware County Community Foundation narrowed those drafts down to

2015 St. Pat's Parade Winner

Dyersville’s St. Pat’s Parade Winners Announced

Saturday’s picture-perfect weather led to a huge turnout for Dyersville’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Parade watchers decked out in green lined up along the route to watch the large parade, which lasted over an hour and fifteen minutes. And the parade winners have been announced… Physical Therapy Solutions took first place for Best Float with

Dorothy Jean Davis – Edgewood

Dorothy Jean Davis, 75, Edgewood, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2015, at her home following a short illness.  She was born on April 18, 1939, in rural Garber, the daughter of Donald and Melvina (Kafer) Chettinger. Dorothy was a 1956 graduate of Colesburg High School.   On February 2, 1957, Dorothy  was united

Dennis M. Minnihan – Manchester

Dennis M. Minnihan, 60, of Manchester, died Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Dennis Martin Minnihan was born November 4, 1954, in Boone, Iowa, the son of Dennis and Sharon (Cleveland) Minnihan. In 1973 Dennis enlisted into the United States Air Force and served his country during the Vietnam War until he was honorably discharged in 1982.

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Dyersville Gearing Up for St. Patty’s Celebration

Dyersville is gearing up for their annual St. Patty’s Day celebration on Saturday… The day kicks off with the Gaelic Gallop races and the bike ride. Dyers Pat 0 That’s John Gallagher with the Ancient Order of Hibernian Dubuque Chapter #1. The Hibernians play a big role in Dyersville’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration, which includes


Independence Paying Former Mayor to Settle Lawsuit

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) – The city of Independence will pay a former mayor $50,000 to settle his civil rights lawsuit. Carl Scharff, who served as mayor of Independence from 2009 until 2013, filed the lawsuit Feb. 25 in Buchanan County District Court against Independence and former police officer David Winger. Scharff says his civil rights


Former Manchester Bank Employee Awaits Sentencing for Embezzlement

A former Manchester bank employee is accused of embezzling thousands of dollars. According to information filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ann Sperfslage pleaded guilty to one count of bank embezzlement by a bank employee in U.S. District Court last month. Sperfslage worked at First State Bank in Manchester, beginning as a part-time teller before

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25th Anniversary of Worthington Tornado

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Worthington tornado. It was a warm and muggy day on Tuesday, March 13th, 1990 when a large F-4 tornado measuring about two hundred yards in width ripped through the small town on the western edge of Dubuque County. Fortunately, no one was killed or seriously injured when the

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